Saturday, April 02, 2005

Things are Looking up for Lift Trucks

With increased scrutiny from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and other governmental bodies, lift trucks are being designed to adapt to new environmental and ergonomic demands, while maintaining their critical role in warehouse success.

In line with the trend toward outsourcing non-core competencies, shippers today are rethinking the need to maintain a private fleet of lift trucks. Increasingly, companies are outsourcing some or all fleet functions — including maintenance — to a third party, usually a lift truck manufacturer offering complete packages of equipment and services.

"In general, lift truck buyers don't really care whether the equipment is green, blue or yellow — they just want to have a piece of equipment that will transfer stuff from Point A to Point B consistently, without any failure," notes Dirk von Holt, president of the Industrial Truck Association (, as well as lift truck maker Jungheinrich Lift Truck Corp. (Via LOGISTICS TODAY)

Lift Truck - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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